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CVGS Receives Grant from Oregon Cultural Trust
      Concordia's Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) is one of 51 organizations across the state to receive a cultural development grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT). The $8,000 grant will provide support for a digitization project that will archive and make publicly accessible numerous photographs from Concordia's Volga German collection.
      Concordia boasts a unique cultural collection at its George R. White Library & Learning Center that places the University on the map for scholars around the world.

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Sabin Elementary School, Portland, Oregon Sabin Elementary School (1924)
Portland, Oregon.
Source: CVGS Collection.
A Year of Celebrations
      This year marks the 250th Anniversary of the establishment of the first German colony along the Russian Volga River. The colony of Dobrinka was founded on 29 June 1764. The Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University is hosting a series of conferences that celebrate the anniversaries of the initial colonies founded in 1764: Anton, Beideck, Dobrinka, Galka, and Schilling. The first conference was held in Portland on June 27-28 with 27 sessions put on by speakers from Argentina, Oregon, and Washington. Attendees came from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Virginia, and Argentina. Additional events were held in Menlo Park, California; Spokane, Washington; Lindsborg, Kansas; and Denver, Colorado.
Upcoming events are scheduled for Fresno, California; Ritzville, Washington; and Hays, Kansas. Additional information about these events can be found under the link to Exhibits & Events.
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Ruins of the Dobrinka Lutheran Church, 2008 Ruins of the
Lutheran Church in Dobrinka (2008).
Source: Ruben Bender Collection.
Inundation of several colonies by the Volga Reservoir
      In 1961, the Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) Hydroelectric Power Station was completed. The 4.9 kilometer-long dam, the largest in Europe, created the Volga Reservoir, the third largest in Russia. This reservoir inundated several of the former Volga German colonies. Several were also relocated. Vladimir Kakorin created an overlay of several maps from before and after the creation of the reservoir which show what happened to these colonies. Straub and Hölzel were relocated to higher ground, although they are much smaller than before. Preuss and Grüntal have disappeared.
      From top to botttom, the colonies shown on this particular section of the river are: Straub (relocated to higher ground), Warenburg, Preuss (completely gone), Hölzel (relocated to higher ground), Grüntal (completely gone), Neu-Warenburg (relocated to higher ground), and Seelmann.
New German Origins Posted to the CVGS Website
Newly discovered German origins have been posted for the following families:
Albach family that settled in Paulskaya & Breauregard
Bauer family that settled in Dönhof, Merkel, & Beideck
Becker family that settled in Dietel & Walter
Bender family that settled in Dönhof
Bonacker family that settled in Paulskaya & Orlovskaya
Brückmann family that settled in Köhler
Dierlam family that settled in Ernestinendorf & Biberstein
Dortmann family that settled in Kind, Paulskaya, & Näb
Eckler family that settled in Pfeifer
Engel family that settled in Beauregard & Reinhard
Fendel family that settled in Dönhof
Früauf family that settled in Norka
Graf family that settled in Schilling
Harres family that settled in Schilling
Hederich family that settled in Orlovskaya, Hockerberg, & Hummel
Hegele family that settled in Beideck & Yagodnaya Polyana
Herber family that settled in Kind
Hölz family that settled in Frank, Rosenheim, & Warenburg
Horn family that settled in Orlovskaya & Hockerberg
Jacobi family that settled in Dönhof & Frank
Jäkel family that settled in Beideck
Junker family that settled in Rohleder & Herzog
Kappes family that settled in Mariental
Lichtenwald family that settled in Dönhof
Quin(d)t family that settled in Louis
Rau / Rauh family that settled in Dobrinka
Romeis family that settled in Norka
Simon (Georg Gottfried) family that settled in Dietel
Simon (Johann Georg) family that settled in Dietel
Strohmann family that settled in Dietel
Other Recent Additions to the Website
New Translations Available
Translation of the 1850 & 1857 Censuses of Brabander, Dehler, Hölzel, Kukkus, Rosenheim, Schäfer, and Seelmann have been completed, along with the 1857 Censuses of Basel, Biberstein (aka Glarus), Hummel (aka Brockhausen), Meinhard, and Louis. These are among many census documents that have been translated.
Last updated 19 October 2014.